Crystal Palace Football Club are delighted to celebrate their 110th anniversary today and on this special day we wanted to recall some memories that generations of players, staff and most importantly, fans have cemented in all our South London and Proud hearts.
The club, originally nicknamed "The Glaziers", was formed on 10 September 1905 under the guidance of Aston Villa assistant secretary Edmund Goodman. The club applied to enter the Football League but were unsuccessful so instead took its place in the Southern League Second Division for the 1905–06 season. The club was successful in its inaugural season and was promoted to the First Division, crowned as champions. In their first season Crystal Palace also played in the mid-week United Counties League, finishing runner-up to Watford, and it was in this competition that the club played their first match, winning 3–0 away to New Brompton.
The club remained in the Southern League until 1914. The outbreak of the First World War saw Palace move to West Norwood FC’s home in Herne Hill, before moving to ‘The Nest’ three years later. In the 1920-21 season, the club joined the Football League Third Division and gained promotion in their first campaign, also enjoying success in the London Challenge Cup, winning it on three occasions (1913, 1914 and 1921).
Palace moved to Selhurst Park in 1924, where they have played and remained in SE25 ever since. In the mid-1970s, Palace underwent a change of identity, adopting the nickname The Eagles and changing their claret and blue strip to the iconic red and blue that is still in use today. They briefly topped the Football League in 1979 and were dubbed ‘the team of the Eighties’.
The club has endured highs and lows during their time in SE25, but the period between 1989 and 1991 is often considered its finest era. Under manager Steve Coppell, the club achieved its highest ever finish after coming third in the First Division, reaching their first FA Cup Final and winning the Zenith Data Systems Cup.
Financial insecurity threatened the clubs future, most notably in 2010, when the current owners acted to save the club from liquidation. In the five years since, the Eagles have finished in a higher position in the Football League at the end of every season and gained promotion to the Premier League through the play-offs in the 2012-13 season.
The current side, now competing in the Premier League for a third consecutive season, is largely considered to be the best squad the club have had since the Coppell years, having managed to retain their top-flight status for more than a single season for the first time in the modern era.
There have been many big moments in Palace’s history and over the next 10 days we plan to share a CPFC milestone moment a day, accompanied by imagery, thoughts and reflections from those closest to the Club at the time.
And to celebrate this special anniversary the club is today launching a Goal Of The Decade competition where fans can vote for their best goal of the last ten years.